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i've ever seen. >> reporter: with the recent tragedy in japan, this year's 16-day festival will be focused on hope and rebuilding. part of the festival a thursday night event called stand with japan. >> we take time at every event to let people know what they can do to help and to contribute and just for a moment of reflection. >> reporter: it's been 99 years since japan gifted the trees to the unite. since then tourists have flooded the nation's capital around bloom time to see the beautiful trees. >> even in orlando, they'll talk about them on the news during this time of year. >> reporter: this year, 1 million people are expected to come through. the festival kicks off this saturday and runs through sunday, april 10th. >> a little bit more solemnity around the place. >> reporter: tonight's stand with japan event starts here at the tidal basin at 6:30. participant will be able to walk around the basin, then if they can, make a donation to the red cross. melissa mollet, news4. back to you. >>> we'll check road conditions now. tanya hutchins, have you been down to see them
on the death of elizabeth taylor. a new warning about the food supply in japan. and if officials are any closer to securing that leaking nuclear plant. how is your cell phone service? we'll tell you if you're living in the worst area in the country for cell phones. tom kierein is also back with more on what could be a stormy afternoon. you... don't have a choice of getting breast cancer. i had no choice. that 3-day gave me that opportunity. and i can actually do something to help. 60 miles in 3 days-- i can do that. we can rid the world of this terrible disease... so that no mother... granddaughter... sister... daughter... mother... go through what my wife had to go through. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime. >>> right now on news4 midday, we're remembering hollywood legend elizabeth taylor. she's died at a hospital in los angeles. she was 79. she was diagnosed six weeks ago with congestive heart failure. her family released a statement saying her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us. >>> d.c. cou
on japan's leaking nuclear plant. how u.s. military families in japan are dealing with the disaster. >>> when a boy seen in the video now says about first bullying the fellow classmate and then being slammed to the ground. [ older brother ] hey, that's the last crescent. [ younger brother ] oh, do you want it? yeah. ok, we'll split it. [ female announcer ] made fresh, so light... ...buttery and flaky... this is half. that is not half. guys i have more. [ female announcer ] do you have enough crescents? but i've got a warm, fresh baked strawberry toaster strudel. see the difference? mmmm. i do. (announcer) pillsbury toastestrudel. the one kids want to eat. evacuate family members who want to leave earthquake ravaged japan. this morning, 500 people arrived at tavis air force base in california. evacuations are not mandatory and are offered to eligible family members in adversely affected areas of japan. >>> new concerns about that damaged power plant in japan this morning. safety officials say a pool for storing fuel is heating up and is near the boiling point. that pool is believed t
to the president's speech on libya. where radiation is being detected a long way from japan's nuclear problems. >>> as libyan rebels begin to regain ground, the international community is trying to step up pressure on moammar gadhafi. secretary of state hillary clinton met with foreign ministers around the ghorl london to ensure that libya. belongs, quote, not to a dictator now its people. the conflict is taking a financial toll. to date the u.s. has spent more than 500,000 dollars for military operations. once nato takes over the pentagon says of the cost should be $40 million a day. >>> president obama is firmly defending his decision to involve the u.s. in the libyan crisis. and he used his speech to the nation last night to try to convince critics on both the left and the right that the timing and purpose of the action was justified. nbc's chuck todd reports. >> the united states of america has done what we said we would do. >> reporter: explaining the case for military action in libya, the president said it was in america's national interest and the u.s. had a responsibility to act. >> to
as part of the stand with japan event which raised money for victim of the earthquake and tsunami. the festival kicks off tomorrow. if you plan on going, you may want to go next tuesday through friday. that's when the national park service believes the trees will be at their peak bloom. we'll check on the midday traffic now. hi to tanya hutchins who is standing by with the information about the roadways. hi there, happy friday to you. and we have road construction causing delays at kenilworth. the right lane is blocked due to road work. at the bridge slow going between oxen hill and alexandria. right before the bridges you'll see the slowdown. the interloop is not moving well because of the left lane construction work there. let's look at the beltway at broad ok road. some delays on and off because two left lanes are blocked by road work there. it will be slow before the robinson terminal. be aware of that. so all over we have road construction. hang in there and allow extra time. >>> we're following a developing store in northeast washington. an amber alert has been called off an
. >>> our time is now 11:11. coming up, in japan, radiation from a damaged nuclear power plant is spreading to seawater and soil. we'll tell you what's being done to stop it. >>> and what a member of the vice president's staff did to a reporter that led to an apology this morning. >>> the disaster in japan was rocked by yet another earthquake today. a 6.5 magnitude quake hit off the coast of honshu. it triggered a tsunami warning, but no waves are reported. and the quake did not do any major damage. meanwhile, radiation is the major concern after the 9.0 earthquake earlier this month. japanese officials say radiation from a damaged nuclear power plant is spreading to seawater and soil now. workers are trying to pump out contaminated water inside several buildings before they can try to restart the cooling system. >>> and some of that radiation may have reached the east coast of the united states. that, according to health officials in massachusetts. inspectors there say they found trace amounts of radiation in rainwater. health officials say drinking water is not at risk. they plan to take
by the tsunami and earthquake that occurred in japan. >> reporter: as you can see, again, the atlanta braves are now out on the field for some of their warm-ups and practicing. you know, it's going to be a good game. even despite the drizzle and the cold temperatures, there is definitely electricity in the air. when the gates open at 10:30 a bunch of became came down. you can see them lining the field level of bleachers. they're definitely excited about baseball. let's hope that the nationals are indeed excited enough to give us a winning season this year. we're live at nationals park, now back to you. >> you described it so beautifully with that crack of the bat and the hot dogs and onions. i'm hungry already. >> reporter: yeah, yeah. welcome to the club. >> okay. thanks for that report. >>> a not so comforting thought as you drive to work this morning. the transportation advocacy group called transportation for america claims that 30 of washington's 244 bridges are structurally deficient. the 14th street bridge and the key bridge are on the group's list of bridges that need repair. the cam
to the rebels. >>> the president of japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant is in the hospital this morning. doctors say he's exhausted and is suffering from dizziness and high blood pressure. he's not been seen for nearly two weeks. this morning we're learning that radiation in seawater outside the damaged plant is more than 3300 times above normal. its highest level yet. today the u.s. energy department will send radiation hardened robots to the plant. the robots will provide radiation readings, mapping data and help provide visuals to workers in areas that may be too dangerous for humans. >>> in other news this morning, italian prime minister silvio berlusconi is heading to trial for a sex scandal. one of his potential character witnesses may bring a bit more attention to the trial. berlusconi listed george clooney and his italian girlfriend as potential witnesses for the prime minister berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with an underaged prostitute and then trying to cover it up. clooney says he's not sure why he's on the list. he's only met the prime minister once and that was in
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